History Literature / Holes

9th Feb '18 3:43:36 PM MeerkatMario
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* BoomHeadshot: The fates of Mary Lou (Sam's donkey) and the Green Lake sheriff.

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* BoomHeadshot: The fates of Mary [[spoiler:Mary Lou (Sam's donkey) and the Green Lake sheriff.sheriff]].



** Taken to a ridiculous extreme in TheFilmOfTheBook where, by sheer coincidence, it turns out that [[spoiler:peaches and onions are the missing ingredient in Stanley's dad's foot-odor cure]].

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** Taken to a ridiculous extreme in TheFilmOfTheBook the movie where, by sheer coincidence, it turns out that [[spoiler:peaches and onions are the missing ingredient in Stanley's dad's foot-odor cure]].



* SmellyFeet: Charles "Trout" Walker and Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston both have terrible foot odor thanks to a foot fungus. [[spoiler: Stanley's father in the end comes up with a cure for it]].

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* SmellyFeet: Charles "Trout" Walker and Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston both have terrible foot odor thanks to a foot fungus. [[spoiler: Stanley's [[spoiler:Stanley's father in the end comes up with a cure for it]].it.]]



-->'''Mr. Sir''': "Once upon a time there was a magical place where it never rained. The end."

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-->'''Mr. Sir''': "Once Sir:''' Once upon a time time, there was a magical place where it never rained. The end."
23rd Jan '18 7:53:01 AM costanton11
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''Holes'' is an extremely well-regarded NewberyMedal-winning children's novel by Creator/LouisSachar. It's about teenager [[SdrawkcabName Stanley Yelnats]], who is arrested for a crime he didn't commit and sent to a juvenile detention center called "Camp Green Lake". At the camp, the boys are mistreated by the suspicious owners, who force them to continually dig holes in the middle of a desert with the same width and depth. And there are curses. And thumbs. And a story from the past about a romance destroyed by bigotry.

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''Holes'' is an extremely well-regarded NewberyMedal-winning UsefulNotes/NewberyMedal-winning children's novel by Creator/LouisSachar. It's about teenager [[SdrawkcabName Stanley Yelnats]], who is arrested for a crime he didn't commit and sent to a juvenile detention center called "Camp Green Lake". At the camp, the boys are mistreated by the suspicious owners, who force them to continually dig holes in the middle of a desert with the same width and depth. And there are curses. And thumbs. And a story from the past about a romance destroyed by bigotry.
23rd Jan '18 4:07:48 AM OrangenChan
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* KarmaHoudini: Derrick Dunne appears to get away with stealing Stanley's notebook.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Derrick Dunne appears to get away with stealing Stanley's notebook.



* LaserGuidedKarma: The Warden, Mr. Pendanski, and Mr. Sir end up in legal trouble in the end.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: LaserGuidedKarma:
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The Warden, Mr. Pendanski, and Mr. Sir end up in legal trouble in the end.



** Stanley teaching Zero how to read prevents him from getting cheated out of the money that belongs to his family. Saving Zero from dehydration and carrying him up the mountain ended the curse on him.

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** A positive example: Stanley teaching Zero how to read prevents him from getting cheated out of the money that belongs to his family. Saving Zero from dehydration and carrying him up the mountain ended the curse on him.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the scene with Kate where she's trudging along lonely in the desert, Sam appearing to her could just be a hallucination, or it ''could'' be his spirit actually coming to help her cross over. Viewers are free to interpret it as they choose. One strong argument for it to be an actual ghost is when Trout and his wife approach with the goal of forcing Kate to tell them where she buried her treasure, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant where Sam sees and reacts to them before Kate even realizes they're present, not to mention that Stanley saw both Sam and Mary Lou during his drive to the camp as they faded away.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
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In the scene with Kate where she's trudging along lonely in the desert, Sam appearing to her could just be a hallucination, or it ''could'' be his spirit actually coming to help her cross over. Viewers are free to interpret it as they choose. One strong argument for it to be an actual ghost is when Trout and his wife approach with the goal of forcing Kate to tell them where she buried her treasure, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant where Sam sees and reacts to them before Kate even realizes they're present, not to mention that Stanley saw both Sam and Mary Lou during his drive to the camp as they faded away.



* NoNameGiven: Green Lake's sheriff, who goes nameless in both scenes he appears in, possibly due to how EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep.
** [[spoiler:Suverted with Mr. Sir in the film, the Attorney General reveals his real name is Marion Sevillo.]]

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* NoNameGiven: NoNameGiven:
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Green Lake's sheriff, who goes nameless in both scenes he appears in, possibly due to how EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep.
** [[spoiler:Suverted with Mr. Sir in the film, film: the Attorney General reveals his real name is Marion Sevillo.]]



** Camp Green Lake is neither green nor a lake, though it used to be an actual lake -- [[spoiler:until after the story]].

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** Played with/zigzagged with Camp Green Lake is Lake. Currently, it's neither green nor a lake, though it used ''used'' to be an actual lake -- [[spoiler:until after [[spoiler:and it becomes one again at the end of the story]].



* SpannerInTheWorks: Stanley teaching Zero how to read is what does in the Warden once and for all [[spoiler:as Zero is the only one who noticed that Kissin' Kate's stash was kept in a case marked "Stanley Yelnats"--it belonged to Stanley's great-grandfather, but it invalidates the Warden's claims that Stanley stole it from her office.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: SpannerInTheWorks:
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Stanley teaching Zero how to read is what does in the Warden once and for all [[spoiler:as Zero is the only one who noticed that Kissin' Kate's stash was kept in a case marked "Stanley Yelnats"--it belonged to Stanley's great-grandfather, but it invalidates the Warden's claims that Stanley stole it from her office.]]



* WealthyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Downplayed. In the book (but played fully straight in the film), Stanley and Zero each receive a little less than a million dollars due to the value of the papers from the treasure chest.]]

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* WealthyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Downplayed. In [[spoiler:Downplayed in the book (but played fully straight in the film), film); Stanley and Zero each receive a little less than a million dollars due to the value of the papers from the treasure chest.]]



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Kissin' Kate Barlow. [[spoiler:Originally just a schoolteacher in 19th-century Texas, she eventually falls for the the [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt black onion seller]], Sam. This results in not only a mob burning down the school, but Sam is sentenced to death for kissing a white woman. She then becomes the most notorious outlaw in the Wild West. Her first kill is the sheriff who [[ScarpiaUltimatum offered to not kill Sam in exchange for a kiss]].]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
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Kissin' Kate Barlow. [[spoiler:Originally just a schoolteacher in 19th-century Texas, she eventually falls for the the [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt black onion seller]], Sam. This results in not only a mob burning down the school, but Sam is sentenced to death for kissing a white woman. She then becomes the most notorious outlaw in the Wild West. Her first kill is the sheriff who [[ScarpiaUltimatum offered to not kill Sam in exchange for a kiss]].]]
23rd Dec '17 2:08:59 PM I-Teleported-Bread
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* HereditaryCurse: A bad luck curse on the main character's family due to an ancestor cheating a gypsy drives the plot. [[spoiler:The way to lift the curse is hereditary as well. Madam Zeroni's part of the deal was for Stanley's ancestor to carry her to the top of a nearby mountain to drink from the spring so she may become strong. A century later Stanley carries Madam Zeroni's descendant to the top of a mountain where he can drink from the spring, fulfilling the Yelnats' part of the bargain and lifting the curse.]]

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* HereditaryCurse: A bad luck curse on the main character's family due to an ancestor cheating a gypsy Roma drives the plot. [[spoiler:The way to lift the curse is hereditary as well. Madam Zeroni's part of the deal was for Stanley's ancestor to carry her to the top of a nearby mountain to drink from the spring so she may become strong. A century later Stanley carries Madam Zeroni's descendant to the top of a mountain where he can drink from the spring, fulfilling the Yelnats' part of the bargain and lifting the curse.]]
20th Dec '17 7:43:02 PM ElSquibbonator
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: It's stated that the pig lullaby rhymes in Latvian. As anyone with access to even Google Translate can tell you, it actually doesn't.
14th Nov '17 9:51:03 AM omnicritic
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** Stanley and Zero at the end when Zero reveals the treasure chest [[spoiler:is rightfully Stanley's because it has his name on it (his great-grandfather's name acgtually, but because the family always name their sons Stanley, their names are identical)]], preventing the Warden from getting her hands on it.

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** Stanley and Zero at the end when Zero reveals the treasure chest [[spoiler:is rightfully Stanley's because it has his name on it (his great-grandfather's name acgtually, actually, but because the family always name their sons Stanley, their names are identical)]], preventing the Warden from getting her hands on it.
13th Nov '17 9:32:47 PM omnicritic
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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Being kept in a regular suitcase that was buried underground for almost 100 years, Stanley the I's jewels suffered damage and the ink on the stock certificates faded, lessening their value. Therefore, after all the legal fees were paid, Stanley and Zero get less than a million dollars each rather than a fortune.]]

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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Being kept in a regular suitcase that was buried underground for almost 100 years, Stanley the I's jewels suffered damage and the ink on the stock certificates faded, lessening their value. Therefore, after all the legal fees were paid, Stanley and Zero get less than a million dollars each rather than a fortune. Averted in the movie: it's kept in a treasure chest, and all the valuables are intact, giving millions to both parties.]]
25th Oct '17 4:07:49 PM BURGINABC
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:After Zero runs away, the Warden orders his files to be deleted to [[{{Unperson}} make it appear that he never existed]]. This backfires when he's saved and returns to the camp, which turns the absence of any records of his existence into a RevealingCoverup]] that leads the Attorney General to investigate and ultimately shut down the camp.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:After Zero runs away, the Warden orders his files to be deleted to [[{{Unperson}} make it appear that he never existed]]. This backfires when he's saved and returns to the camp, which turns the absence of any records of his existence into a RevealingCoverup]] RevealingCoverup that leads the Attorney General to investigate and ultimately shut down the camp.]]
25th Oct '17 4:05:26 PM BURGINABC
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:After Zero runs away, the Warden orders his files to be deleted to [[{{Unperson}} make it appear that he never existed]]. This backfires when he's saved and returns to the camp, revealing the cover-up to the Attorney General.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:After Zero runs away, the Warden orders his files to be deleted to [[{{Unperson}} make it appear that he never existed]]. This backfires when he's saved and returns to the camp, revealing which turns the cover-up to absence of any records of his existence into a RevealingCoverup]] that leads the Attorney General.]]General to investigate and ultimately shut down the camp.
25th Oct '17 3:46:23 PM BURGINABC
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* AdaptationDistillation: Sam's death is pretty much the same in both versions, but in the book, Katherine finds Sam before the townspeople do and warns him of the mob. They try to escape together, but Trout's boat catches up to them, and Sam is killed while Katherine is dragged away against her will. In the film, she fails to get to him and witnesses Sam's death from the shoreline.

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* AdaptationDistillation: AdaptationDistillation:
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Sam's death is pretty much the same in both versions, but in the book, Katherine finds Sam before the townspeople do and warns him of the mob. They try to escape together, but Trout's boat catches up to them, and Sam is killed while Katherine is dragged away against her will. In the film, she fails to get to him and witnesses Sam's death from the shoreline.shoreline.
** In the book, a local townswoman witnessed Sam kissing Katherine and spread the word. In the film, [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything it's Trout who sees them.]]



** In the book, a local townswoman witnessed Sam kissing Katherine and spread the word. In the film, [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything it's Trout who sees them.]]
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